Driver Drinks 2 Cocktails, Runs Red Light, Crashes and Gets Stiff Punishment
|Would you serve 4 years in prison for two drinks?|
In fact, Baritz is still paying for the drinks 22 months later.
And, worse for him, he'll continue to pay until 2015 thanks to Orange County Superior Court Judge Patrick Donahue.
A jury found Baritz guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of .19, running a red light and crashing into two occupied vehicles.
The conduct won him a four-year prison term because he'd been found guilty of drunk driving on two prior occasions.
It could have been worse. Donahue sentenced Baritz to a total of eight years in prison but suspended four of them.
But a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana rejected the claim this month and left his punishment intact.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly